Is the EU merely ‘a continuation of Germany’ by other, sneakier means?

The argument that the EU is a cunning scheme by which Germany can finally achieve its ambition of constructing an empire across the breadth of Europe has always struck me as rather cheeky.

On the surface it appears hysterical, and indeed many of its proponents would likely be attacked as such by the ungenerous (and leftwing) critic that came across this suggestion.

…but on the other hand, there is something to it – especially in a week when the German chancellor Angela Merkel has been declared Time’s Person of the Year.

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Podcast (Ep. 21): The Lords Unleashed, China’s One Child Policy & Snowden’s Asylum in the EU

RD E21 – China One Child

John joins Jazza and Jimmy to chat shit about the events of the week. Ill-informed but always having a giggle on the way.

This week the boys touch on the Lords vs Gideon “George” Osborne and the tax credit debacle, followed by an analysis of China’s one child policy, which is now a two child policy. What does that mean for the upcoming superpower?

Finally, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted asylum in the EU. Or has he? It’s all very confusing. Will the Right Dishonourable make it less so? Let’s be fair. Probably not.

Image Credit – Too Cute Not To Post, April 2006 by JB

Even Left Foot Forward readers oppose Britain taking more refugees

Refugees on Hungarian M1 highway in September 2015, by photog_at

Despite last week’s furore over pictures of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian toddler whose body washed up onto the coast of Turkey, hostility to refugee migration still appears to be high even among lefties.

A survey from Left Foot Forward, a left-leaning blog founded by Will Straw, former parliamentary candidate and son of the former foreign secretary Jack, showed that a mere third of the site’s voting readership wanted to take in more refugees, with double that saying otherwise.

Admittedly it is a mere survey of 441, and the bluntness of the question may not reflect the diversity of opinion, as the site’s staff writer Ruby Stockham explained:

“The refugee crisis is a complex issue and it is difficult to properly gauge opinion with a yes/no question. There are many factors to consider: for example, does sending a message of acceptance encourage more people to make deadly sea crossings into Europe? How many of those who said ‘no’ are happy with the status quo, and how many would like to take less? Are there conditions attached to the ‘yes’ answers?”

Yet even with these caveats, the survey provides more evidence that public opinion is not quite as knee-jerk as some Fleet Street watchers would have you believe.

Data from the pollster YouGov earlier this week showed that half of the British public does not want to increase the current rate of refugee intake, with only a few surveyed saying the picture of Kurdi had influenced their views.

Despite the publication of these polls prime minister David Cameron still plans to resettle 20,000 refugees over the course of the current parliament, which is scheduled to end in 2020.

Full details of the Left Foot Forward poll can be found on the website.

Image Credit – Refugees on Hungarian M1 highway in September 2015, by photog_at